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City Theatre hosting book release event


City Theatre hosts a book release event for Transforming Pain to Power, a new book by award-winning actor, singer, and writer Daniel Beaty.

Presented in association with Penguin Books, the free event takes place at City Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 23 from 6–7:30 p.m. and includes a panel discussion, presentation, and book signing.

Drawn from Mr. Beaty’s powerful, true journey from a childhood rife with poverty, incarceration, addiction and rage to the successful adult life he has achieved, Transforming Pain to Power presents the tools that readers need to overcome any obstacle and tap into their full capabilities.

His story—supported by deeply personal advice from notable mentors including Bill Cosby, Leontyne Price, Sydney Poitier, Ossie Davis, and Ruby Dee—serves as a poignant reminder that success is ultimately possible, not in spite of struggles but as a result of lessons learned and power gained from those conflicts.

The event schedule includes:

Panel Discussion at 6 p.m. – A panel of special guests will speak about art and its relationship with social justice and activism as well as about issues of mass incarceration and its effects on youth and families.

Performance at 6:20 p.m. – Daniel Beaty shares his journey from growing up with a father who was a heroin addict/dealer and an older brother who was addicted to crack cocaine, to discovering his purpose by watching Dr. King, graduating from Yale University, and developing his career as an internationally renowned actor, singer, and writer. This presentation is about the triumph of faith over adversity and includes poetry, music, and character excerpts from his award-winning plays.

Book Signing at 7:05 p.m. – A meet and greet and book signing with Daniel Beaty will take place in City Theatre’s Gordon Lounge following the performance.

Admission is free with registration at 412-431-CITY (2489) or

City Theatre is at1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.

Daniel Beaty’s plays Through the Night and Breath & Imagination were produced by City Theatre in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Written, directed, and performed by Mr. Beaty, Through the Night was described as a “tour de force” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 24, 2012).

Likewise, City Theatre’s world premiere of Breath & Imagination, co-produced with Hartford Stage, received praise from critics and audiences alike. Mr. Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer. He holds a BA with Honors in English and Music from Yale University and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre.


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